'Invisible Love' gains visibility with five int'l film fest prizes

By Long Nguyen   April 13, 2021 | 12:07 am PT
Vietnamese film “Tinh Yeu Vo Hinh” (Invisible Love) has won five prizes at the Indie Fest and Paris International Film Festival.

At the Indie Fest in the U.S., which promotes independent filmmakers and unique voices, the movie won the Award of Excellence for its art direction, and the Award of Merit (Asian Film Feature).

It also won three awards at the Paris International Film Festival: Best Narrative Feature Film 2021; Best International Collaboration 2021; and Best International Actor 2021, which was bagged by actress Hong Phuong.

Poster of Tinh Yeu Vo Hinh. Photo courtesy of the movie.

A "Tinh Yeu Vo Hinh" poster. Photo courtesy of the producer.

In the movie, directed by Chinese director Guo Xiang, Phuong plays Nguyen Thi Hoa, a nurse trying to find love but beset hit by tragedy as she falls in love with American doctor James Marquis (Kazy Tauginas) in the 1930's French Indochina.

The film is a collaboration of filmmakers in Vietnam, China, and the U.S., with Chair of the Broadcast Journalism department at New York Film Academy, Bill Einreinhofer as executive producer, and a budget of around $500,000, according to IMDb, an online database of information related to films and television programs.

"The subtext of the film is the nature of colonialism, and the corrosive effect it has on both the colonizers as well as those colonized," Einreinhofer explained.

Vi Kien Thanh, head of the Cinema Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said that "Tinh Yeu Vo Hinh" has been licensed for screening in Vietnam. Producers have said the move will hit domestic giant screens this year.

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